Landmarks

List Of NYC Manhattan Historic Landmarks. Historic actual Landmarks should not be confused with Popular Places:
69th Regiment Armory Home of the watershed Armory Show in 1913, which introduced America to modern art.
Category: historical, landmarks.




African Burial Ground National Monument on October 5, 2007; burial site in Lower Manhattan of over 400 Africans from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Alfred E. Smith House Home of four time New York State governor, Alfred E. Smith (and later presidential candidate) from 1907 to 1923.
Category: historical, landmarks.







Alice Austen House Home of photographer Alice Austen, now a museum.
Category: historical, landmarks.




American Stock Exchange
The world-class stock exchanges dating back to colonial times.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Ambrose (lightship) Lightship, several miles offshore, that marked Ambrose Channel into New York Harbor, now at South Street Seaport.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Andrew Carnegie Mansion
Home of Andrew Carnegie, now the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Category: historical, landmarks.



A. T. Stewart Company Store Site of the first American department store (now known as the New York Sun building).
Category: historical, landmarks.



Bartow-Pell Mansion 19th-century mansion in largest New York City park.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Bayard-Condict Building
Only Louis Sullivan building in New York City; one of the first steel skeleton skyscrapers.
Category: historical, landmarks.







Bell Laboratories Building Home of numerous inventions including the first experimental talking movies (1923), black and white and color TV, radar, the vacuum tube, medical equipment, the development of the phonograph record and the first commercial broadcasts of opera and a baseball game; today home to the Westbeth art collective.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Brooklyn Bridge The first steel wire suspension bridge; at one point the largest in the world; inspiration for Hart Crane's poem, "The Bridge"
Category: historical, landmarks.




Brooklyn Heights Historic District Collection of 19th-century architectural styles; first historic district in New York City.
Category: historical, landmarks.







Brooklyn Historical Society Building One of the few remaining buildings by George B. Post; innovative structural system.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Carnegie Hall One of the most famous music venues in the world.
Category: historical, landmarks.







Chamber of Commerce Building New York City's Chamber of Commerce; established in 1768; prototype for the organization.
Category: historical, landmarks.




City Hall Oldest city hall in U.S. still in use as main municipal government building.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Central Synagogue Oldest synagogue continuously in use by a New York City Jewish congregation; built in a Moorish Revival style to recognize importance of that period in Jewish history.
Category: historical, landmarks.








Central Park The greenist area in NYC; one of the most visited city parks in the world; designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Chester A. Arthur House Home of president Chester A. Arthur; site of his inaugural oath.
Category: historical, landmarks.







Chrysler Building Art Deco skyscraper; distinctive feature of Manhattan skyline; at one point world's tallest building.
Category: historical, landmarks.






Church of the Ascension Early church design by Richard Upjohn; valuable interior artwork.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Claude McKay Residence Home of African-American writer Claude McKay; now Harlem YMCA.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Conference House Only surviving pre-Revolutionary War manor house in New York City; site of unsuccessful peace conference in 1776.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Cooper Union Pioneering adult education center; site of famous anti-slavery speech by Abraham Lincoln.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Daily News Building First modernistic free-standing skyscraper designed by Raymond Hood.
Category: historical, landmarks.








Dakota Apartments Combination of Renaissance architectural styles by Henry Hardenbergh; setting for Rosemary's Baby and the shooting death of John Lennon.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Duke Ellington House Ellington, the legendary jazz composer and bandleader, lived in Apartment 4A from 1939-61.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Dyckman House Only remaining farmhouse in Manhattan.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Eldridge Street Synagogue One of the oldest synagogues in the U.S.; first built by Jews from Eastern Europe.
Category: historical, landmarks.









Empire State Building Current tallest building in New York and internationally-recognized symbol of the city.
Category: historical, landmarks.







Equitable BuildingOne of the oldest skyscrapers in Manhattan; profoundly influenced later skyscraper design.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Firefighter Most powerful diesel-electric fireboat when built in 1938; still in use today.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Flatiron Building Considered the World's first Skyscraper. Distinctive triangular building at Madison Square; world's tallest 1901-1911.
Category: historical, landmarks.







Founder's Hall, The Rockefeller University Building marked the start of John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s putting the vast family fortune to philanthropic purposes.
Category: historical, landmarks.







Gen. Winfield Scott House Home of Winfield Scott, heroic general in the U.S.-Mexican War and later presidential candidate.
Category: historical, landmarks.







Governors Island National Monument Island in NY Harbor which served various branches of the US Military from 1783 until the late 1990s; future uses are still being decided.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Grace Church Gothic Revival masterpiece designed by James Renwick, Jr.
Category: historical, landmarks.







Grand Central Terminal (Station) Beaux-Arts architecture; historic rail gateway to New York City; largest train station in the world by number of platforms.
Category: historical, landmarks.



Green-Wood Cemetery Popular tourist attraction in the 1850s; most famous New Yorkers who died during the second half of the nineteenth century buried here.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Hamilton Fish House Home of Hamilton Fish, future Governor and Senator of New York.
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Hamilton Grange National Memorial Home of Alexander Hamilton: military officer, lawyer, member of the United States Constitutional Convention, American statesman, first United States Secretary of the Treasury, and Founding Father; facade is oldest surviving structure in Manhattan.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Harry F. Sinclair House Harry F. Sinclair, the oil industrialist, lived here from 1918- 1930; now part of the Ukrainian Institute; often used in film and television.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Henry Street Settlement and Neighborhood Playhouse One of the nation's first settlement homes where new immigrants and the poor could find assistance.
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Holland Tunnel Tunnel underneath the Hudson River, connecting Manhattan and New Jersey; civil engineering landmark; one of the earliest ventilated tunnels.
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Jackie Robinson House
Home of baseball great Jackie Robinson.
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James Weldon Johnson Residence Harlem home of African-American artist-activist James Weldon Johnson.
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King Manor Home of Rufus King, a signer of Declaration of Independence and early U.S. Senator from New York.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Lettie G. Howard (schooner) Last remaining Fredonia-type schooner (once the standard for American fishing boats) at the South Street Seaport.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Lorillard Snuff Mill Oldest existing tobacco-manufacturing facility in U.S.
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Louis Armstrong House Home of jazz legend Louis Armstrong for 28 years.
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Macy R. H. and Company Store (Macy's) Largest department store in world for many years.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Margaret Sanger Clinic Clinic where Margaret Sanger dispensed birth control.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Matthew Henson Residence Home of Matthew Henson, African-American polar explorer who may have been the first to reach the North Pole.
Category: historical, landmarks.





McGraw Hill Building Landmark Art Deco building; first U.S. building in International Style.
Category: historical, landmarks.








Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower Tallest building in the world 1909-13; still part of the skyline a century later.
Category: historical, landmarks.








Metropolitan Museum of Art One of the world's most important and prestigious art museums.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Morris-Jumel Mansion Oldest building in Manhattan.
Category: historical, landmarks.





National City Bank Building Home to one of the country's largest and most important banks since 1908.
Category: historical, landmarks.








New York Amsterdam News Building Influential black newspaper the New York Amsterdam News was published here 1916-38.
Category: historical, landmarks.








New York Botanical Garden One of the leading botanical gardens in the world and home to many plant laboratories.
Category: historical, landmarks.





New York Cotton Exchange First commodity market in the U.S.
Category: historical, landmarks.





New York Life Building Last significant Cass Gilbert skyscraper in Manhattan.
Category: historical, landmarks.








New York Public Library
One of the largest and most important libraries in the U.S.
Category: historical, landmarks.





New York Stock Exchange
One of the first securities markets in the U.S.; still the world's largest.
Category: historical, landmarks.







New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture Original home of the Whitney Museum, the first devoted to 20th-century American art.
Category: historical, landmarks.





New York Yacht Club Oldest yachting club in U.S.; longtime home of the America's Cup.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Old Merchant's House
Nineteenth-century family home; preserved inside and out.
Category: historical, landmarks.








Old Quaker Meeting House (Flushing, Queens) Only surviving 17th-century eccelsiastical frame building in New York; in almost continuous use since 1696.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Paul Robeson Home Home of legendary African-American actor and activist Paul Robeson.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Philosophy Hall Edwin Armstrong developed FM radio in this Columbia University building.
Category: historical, landmarks.









Players Club Extensive collection of art and theater memorabilia; interior redone by Stanford White.
Category: historical, landmarks.







Pierpont Morgan Library
Office, Library, and now Museum of J. P. Morgan; the Panic of 1907 ended in the Library.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Plaza Hotel French Renaissance-style building; outstanding example of American hotel architecture; symbol of elegance; visible from much of lower Central Park; setting for Kay Thompson's popular Eloise series of children's books.
Category: historical, landmarks.








Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims Important station on Underground Railroad when Henry Ward Beecher was pastor.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Pupin Physics Laboratory, Columbia University Columbia University building; site of first splitting of uranium atom in U.S. and other milestones in development of atomic bomb.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Quarters A, Brooklyn Navy Yard Home to Matthew Perry at the time of his opening of Japan.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Ralph Johnson Bunche House Home of Ralph Johnson Bunche, eminent African-American diplomat and Undersecretary General of United Nations.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Rockefeller Center Successful urban planning projects of 20th-century America; changed Midtown Manhattan; originating site of popular NBC television programs Today and Saturday Night Live.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Sailors' Snug Harbor First and only home for retired merchant seamen in U.S.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Samuel J. Tilden House Home of Samuel J. Tilden, former New York State governor and loser of the bitter 1876 presidential election.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Seventh Regiment Armory One of the most impressive collections of 1880s interior decoration outside of a museum; only armory actually owned by the unit for which it was constructed.
Category: historical, landmarks.





SoHo Cast Iron Historic District Believed to be the largest existing collection of late 19th-century cast iron facades in the world.
Category: historical, landmarks.





St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church Site of first figural stained-glass windows in U.S..
Category: historical, landmarks.





St. George's Episcopal Church Home church of Harry Thacker Burleigh, African-American singer who helped establish the spiritual in the liturgy of many American faiths.
Category: historical, landmarks.








Stonewall Site of 1969 Stonewall riots which began gay rights movement.
Category: historical, landmarks.





St. Patrick's Cathedral First large-scale medieval-style church built in U.S.
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St. Paul's Chapel One of the few surviving colonial-era churches in city; George Washington worshipped here following his inauguration; site of informal memorials following September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Surrogate's Court Probate Courthouse across from NYC's city hall.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Tenement Building at 97 Orchard Street Preserved tenement building that housed hundreds of immigrants; now the heart of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum..
Category: historical, landmarks.









Third Judicial District Courthouse Originally built as the Third Judicial District Courthouse; faced with demolition, public outcry led to its reuse as a branch of the New York Public Library.
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Tiffany and Company Building Served as the home of Tiffany and Company from 1905 through 1940.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Site of one of the worst industrial disasters in the US, which led to many workplace reforms.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Trinity Church Historic church which looks down Wall Street.
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Tweed Courthouse Historic courthouse connected to Tammany Hall, now used by NYC's Department of Education.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Union Square The political heart of Manhattan; many protests begin or end here.
Category: historical, landmarks.





United Charities Building Built in 1893 by a wealthy businessman in order to provide his favorite charities a low cost location for their operations.
Category: historical, landmarks.





U.S. Customhouse Cass Gilbert designed Customhouse for New York Harbor; now part of the Smithsonian Institution.
Category: historical, landmarks.





USS Intrepid One of the most active U.S. ships during World War II; today a museum moored along the West Side.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Van Cortlandt House Mansion for the Van Cortlandt family built in 1748 and used during the American Revolution.
Category: historical, landmarks.




Voorlezer's House Oldest known surviving schoolhouse in America; owned by the Staten Island historical society.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Will Marion Cook House Home of the leading black composer and musician Will Marion Cook.
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Wards Point Archeological Site Archaeological dig in Tottenville.
Category: historical, landmarks.





Woolworth Building One of the oldest and, most famous, skyscrapers in New York City; one of the tallest buildings in the New York City.
Category: historical, landmarks.








Wyckoff-Bennett Homestead Housed Hessian soldiers during the American Revolution.
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Wyckoff House Oldest surviving Dutch saltbox frame house in America.
Category: historical, landmarks.




National Monuments in Manhattan
There are nine National Monuments/National Historic sites on New York's Manhattan Island:
* African Burial Ground National Monument, declared 27 February 2006, (also a National Historic Landmark)
* Governors Island National Monument, declared 19 January 2001, (also a National Historic Landmark)
* Statue of Liberty National Monument, declared 15 October 1924,
* Federal Hall(also a National Historic Landmark)
* Grant's Tomb(also a National Historic Landmark)
* Castle Clinton(also a National Historic Landmark)
* Hamilton Grange(also a National Historic Landmark)
* Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace (also a National Historic Landmark)